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Pärt is such sweet sorrow

Orange County Register – Timothy Mangan – Esa-Pekka Salonen is back in town for a couple of weeks to conduct three new works commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sunday afternoon's audience, in Walt Disney Concert Hall, greeted the maestro, now in his final months as music director, like a returning hero, with cheers and applause that didn't stop when he got to the podium. Before conducting a note of music, he had already taken his second bow. Read more

A mystic in La La Land – Arvo Pärt's "Los Angeles" Symphony

Los Angeles Times – Mark Swed – Esa-Pekka Salonen’s time as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic – two weeks this month and two in April – is growing short. But the theme is the future, and he is packing a lot of the future in. Saturday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, he premiered a major symphony by Arvo Pärt. Read more

Tributes to Estonian composer among several rewarding new recordings

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – Kurt Shaw – Recent record releases introduce a deeply rewarding contemporary piano concerto and the third batch of RCA Red Seal "Living Stereo" reissues that are living musical history – legendary performances presented with visceral excitement and satisfaction. ECM records' New Series has just issued an important album of music by Arvo Part, the Estonian composer who will celebrate his 70th birthday on Sept. 11. Part developed his individual language that appeals to many people by drawing on a wide range of influences starting with Gregorian chant, but what really got him into trouble with the Soviet authorities before Communism collapsed was his openly expressed Christian faith. Read more

Jarvi brings both clarity, precision to the symphony

The Cincinnati Post – Mary Ellyn Hutton – Arvo Pärt's Symphony No. 2 opens like a pinprick popping a balloon, the balloon being mid-century modernist music. Read more